The last month, since Dixon left, have been pretty full on. I have had my sister visit, exams to study for, exams to sit, and now it is all done!
The time with my sister was really nice, even if it was short. She was in the country for a conference in London but arrived a few days earlier and came through to Exeter to spend a couple of days with me. We stayed in a little B&B which was really sweet, the couple who ran it were lovely and really interesting to talk to over breakfast. She arrived on the Monday, and on the Tuesday we went…… Wedding Dress Shopping.
Now, basically anyone who knows me at all knows I don’t really wear dresses. And I don’t really shop. So you can probably imagine my trepidation at the prospect of shopping … not just shopping but dress shopping …. not just dress shopping but Wedding dress shopping!!! Yea, I was a bit nervous 😛
To my surprise, it was actually quite a bit of fun! :O The first place we went, the lady was really helpful and on to it but in a relaxed friendly kinda way, which helped me not to focus on the shopping side of it but on the “oh wow, I’m actually getting married and these actually look really good, I think I can actually do this.” So that was nice! Having McDonalds for lunch, between shops, was also useful in helping the day feel a tad more normal (if normal is a good word for being in England, with my sister who I hadn’t seen for months, looking at potential dresses to wear once…. 😛 ). So yes, seeing her was definitely a highlight to help the next couple of weeks not seem quite so bad!
Now, exam wise, I don’t really have much to complain about, really. 3 exams, over 5 days, with a day off in between each, and all I needed to do was pass. But (and there is always a but when it comes to exams) I am a perfectionist and ‘just passing’ doesn’t sit right with me. Especially for the modules I really enjoyed, like Nuclear and Soft Matter. So I was trying to still get a good amount of study in each day, without burning out, and while planning my months holiday at the end of it all. I ended up studying in the cafe above the book shop down the road several times, and a couple of times up at campus, because my room was all I would see and I was starting to feel the effects of cabin fever. The exams themselves weren’t too terrible, really, the first one was possibly the best one, Soft Matter wasn’t bad either but not as good as I would have liked to do for level of enjoyment I got out of the course. Principles of Theoretical Physics was, well, about as expected. Not great but I think I passed (which is about how everyone else did, too). Now I just need to wait for the results to come out sometime next month, to see how I really did!
The first few days after my final exam (which was Monday morning), I spent catching up with people who I hadn’t seen properly for awhile, having lunch with other physics students, and at the beach in the rain.
The beach was amazing fun, although I wasn’t optimistic enough to take my togs. I should have though, once you adjusted the water really was quite lovely. Refreshing.
One good thing during exams was the OODS Revision walks. During terms 1 and 2, the Saturday walks are normally between 6-11 miles with the norm being about 8ish, taking up most of the day. During term 3, when exams are, they are only in the afternoon and no more than 5 miles. Relaxing walks to take a break from study, rather than a day excursion. One was right after I had an exam and was exactly what I needed (along with my traditional mini chocolate bar).
Between going to the beach in the rain and the second Revision Walk I went on, I went back to visit Dixon’s Aunt and Uncle in Cornwall. That is where the feature photo is from this time: A little village on the hill in north Devon called Clovelly. We also went to the beach in Bude – it’s almost like it is summer, with all these beach trips!
It was really good to see them again, they were even brave enough to have my violin come with me!
Saturday and Sunday night were spent watching the Shrek movies with an OODS friend (who is probably going to read this 😛 Hi!). Today things got really exciting but that deserves its own post another day, so I’ll leave you all hanging 😉